Since last January, I have been using Topaz Labs software as a regular part of my workflow. I still use Luminar for my RAW decoder and as a catalog and I still use some of my custom presets that I made for Luminar.
The older I get, the more sure I become that passion is the single most important ingredient found in the greatest of photographs. I have been writing about passion and photography for years but frankly, it’s not a sexy enough topic in today’s busy and loud world, to garner much attention.
Today my special guest for the entire show is Steve Brazill. He’s an awesome concert photographer and a friend of the show. Be sure to check out his work.
Photographers are perpetually upgrading their gear. Better camera body, better lenses, better tripod, better lighting, better post-processing software, better computer, etc.
My 2020 North To Alaska Photo Tour was postponed due to C-19. It’s now back on for summer 2021 w/ refunds if the pandemic continues to be a problem. I have 10 seats, five of which are sold. It’s gonna be in pristine Alaska & I am looking forward to it.
Several people have contacted me about how I make my photo paintings. It starts with a traditional bird photo and then I mask out the bird using Topaz Mask AI. Then I add a texture, a background or both and blend them in. Lastly I use Topaz Studio to create the painting effect.
Every few months I plan to give you a quick update on Topaz products. I have been using these products since January 2020, and I have come to rely on them for almost all of my post-processing needs once I get things organized and give each image a quick fix in Luminar 4.0. Then I move to Topaz for things like noise reduction, sharpening, enlarging, painting and more.
Here is some exciting news.
I know that not everyone is as dedicated to photography as I am. But I am still convinced that even a modest amateur/beginner can benefit by keeping a practice log.
The way you get better at anything is to practice. This is well-known for things like playing a musical instrument or sports, or languages, etc. But I rarely heard it talked about in the photography realm and it should be.